Neh. 2:12 “And I arose in the night, I and a few men with me. I did not tell anyone what my God was putting into my mind to do for Jerusalem ….”
Neh. 7:5 “Then my God put it into my heart to assemble the nobles, the officials and the people to be enrolled by genealogies….”
Isn’t it true that no matter how God speaks to us, it will somehow come to our mind and our heart? We will know it is God. For Nehemiah, it happened at night. There were other people present when bam!…God put it in his mind what to do for Jerusalem. From verses that follow, we know that Nehemiah heeded the word and built the wall God had encouraged him to build.
After Nehemiah obeyed that order, God gave him further instructions. From Nehemiah 7:5, to assemble the people and enroll them by genealogies, Again, Nehemiah obeyed.
Proverbs 2:6 says, “For the Lord gives wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Nehemiah heard God’s voice. He received a word of knowledge to build the wall. God then gave him understanding as to how to proceed.
How does this principle work for us? Here is a simple example. I was praying one morning as to what God wanted me to do next. He spoke several things to my mind. One was to write a check for our granddaughter’s mission trip. I did. Then he led me to get a notebook out to outline thoughts from a book I was reading. I was sidetracked when I opened the notebook and read a previous entry, the verses from Nehemiah that I just mentioned. God then prompted me to write about those verses before outlining the book I am reading. Again, I did.
So, you see, hearing God’s voice is not some hocus-pocus strange thing. It is simply being open to noticing what He is placing in your mind and on your heart. Yes, I will outline the book too, after I post this blog.
Sometimes, we feel we don’t hear His voice, but think again, what keeps coming to your mind and what is your heart nudging you to do. If it lines up with Philippians 4:8, it is probably from God. “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”
The question then is this…once you recognize a thought as being from Him, have you moved forward to implement it? With Nehemiah, God didn’t give him the next word until he acted on the first one. I wonder…Is God prompting you to do something today? It all starts with our response to the first word.